Since Adams County’s beginnings, farmers have driven the local economy and produced quality food for an ever-expanding world population. Today agriculture remains at the heart of our economy as one of the county’s two leading economic drivers. The anchor of Adams County’s unique agriculture industry is the Historic South Mountain Fruit Belt – America’s Orchard. The fruit belt boasts more than 20,000 acres of fruit orchards. A thriving fruit industry has existed here for more than a century, and an impressive network of supporting agribusinesses like equipment dealers and processing plants has grown to support its needs. Fruit growers sell their produce directly to consumers at farmers markets and farm stands, to local manufacturers that distribute value-added products like juice and applesauce across the world, and to distributors that ship quality fruit near and far.

The fruit belt is home to rich soils that rival those found in Italy, perfect for grape cultivation. A growing number of wineries offer a unique taste of Adams County with stunning vistas and fantastic entertainment.

Beyond the fruit belt, Adams County is home to dairy, livestock and crop operations that produce food, fuel and fiber for the world. They utilize the latest technology to produce more with less, while also practicing effective conservation methods like nutrient management, cover crops, streamside buffers and no-till or low-till farming to ensure the continued health of the soil.

Adams County’s agriculture industry and the people who live here are committed to preserving these productive lands for future generations. To date, with support from local, state and federal government dollars, as well as private funds from the Land Conservancy of Adams County, 32,050 acres of land have been permanently preserved. A balance is struck between responsible preservation of those lands most suited for production agriculture and those lands that are best for residential and commercial development.

Agriculture In Adams County


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Mar 23, 2018

Legislative Luncheon
Annual Legislative Luncheon in the ballroom at Gettysburg Hotel est. 1797, 11:30am

Apr 18, 2018

Economic Outlook Breakfast
Economic Outlook Breakfast at Eisenhower Hotel, 7am

Apr 19, 2018

April Membership Mixer
Membership Mixer at Pella, 5-7pm

Apr 30, 2018

Discussion with Congressman Perry
Discussion with Congressman Perry, in conjunction with Rotary Club of Gettysburg, at Gettysburg Hotel, 11:45am

May 16, 2018

2018 Awards Breakfast
Awards Breakfast in the Nicarry Meetinghouse at Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community, 7am

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